KOSOVO SHOULD not have been NATO's defining moment, because it has defined NATO in a way that endangers the alliance and sets a discomfiting precedent for much of the rest of Europe's eastern half. Collective intervention earlier to keep the peace, when there was a peace to keep, backed up by a credible threat of force would have worked. This was no victory. It was a hurtful and costly lesson. Let's remember the difference.
AS FAR as Milosevic is concerned, this agreement is vague on the prosecution of the war-crimes charges against him. The critical - and uncertain - element is his intent to cooperate. The triumphalism that greeted last week's deal was misplaced. Any triumphalism now would be premature, to say the least.
New York Post
THE ONE useful purpose Slobodan Milosevic can still serve is as a symbol to deter others, whether caged on his own Elba or swinging gently in the breeze. Such a fate would be a salutary symbol of the end courted by those who would disturb the peace of Europe. But to actually set a new course, to change an outmoded policy, to think, and to act on the basis of that thought ... all that would require actual statesmen, not the poseurs who now prate before the television cameras while a hard-won peace may yet be nibbled away.
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